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Duration: 13 days
Location: West Africa
Starting Price: $4,582
Single Supplement: $620
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Tour Highlights

  • Welcome greetings and dinner
  • City tour of Djenne, “The Jewel of Niger”
  • Explore the Dogon country of stone and mud village built into an escarpment
  • Visit the ancient city of Timbuktu, know since 1100AD as the first center of learning for mankind
  • Explore the Ethnological Museum, which houses a collection of ancient books on religion, science, history and mathematics
  • Tour of Cape Coast and Elmina castles and slave dungeons
  • Tour of Kakum National Park, one of West Africa’s surviving tropical forests and walk on one of the five canopy walkways in the world and the only one in Africa.
  • Accra city tour
  • Tour the multicolored city of Cotonou
  • Visit Ouidah, the cradle of African traditional religion and the museum that explores Benin’s role in the transatlantic slave trade.
  • Visit Ganvie (the village on water), known as the “Venice of West Africa,” to observe people carrying out their daily routines as vendors in dugout canoes
(minimum group size 10 pax)

Based on 3 Star Hotels

DAY 1     ARRIVE IN BAMAKO – DJENNE (Tue/Fri) 

Arrive in Bamako, Mali in the morning. Prepare to travel from Bamako to Djenne. Lunch will be enjoyed in Segou (en-route). After lunch, continue driving further northeast to Djenne. Check-in at your hotel and unwind. Dinner and overnight in Djenne, Mali.

Lodging: Hotel in DjenneMeals: D

 

DAY 2      DJENNE

After breakfast, cross the Niger to the 9th century town of Djenne, “The Jewel of the Niger,” home to a wealth of intellectual and political history of Fulani and Western Sudanese civilization. Savor this rare opportunity to re-visit the past as you enjoy a drive through this town 'that time forgot.' Visit the beautifulyl imposing, 11th century Sahel architectural styled, mud brick Djenne Mosque. Tour the archeological site of Djenne Djeno (old Djenne) and be mesmerized at the sight of her beautiful veiled people dressed in indigo. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Djenne, Mali.

Lodging:  Hotel in DjenneMeals: B, D

 

DAY 3        DOGON COUNTRY

After breakfast, depart Djenne and travel to Bandiagara, the entrance to the Dogon Valley. Enjoy lunch, then set out on an afternoon of hiking to explore the stone and mud villages built into, on top of and at the foothills of the Bandiagara Escarpment. The architecture and location of the Dogon villages offer a unique and picturesque view, which consists of 150 kilometers of stunning scenery. Dinner and overnight at your encampment in Dogon Valley, Mali.

Lodging:  Sangha Encampment Meals: B, D

 

 

DAY 4       DOGON – MOPTI

After breakfast is served at your hotel, check out and depart for Mopti. Known as the crossroads of Mali, Mopti is where the people of Mali (Bamana, Songhai, Fula, Tuareg, Moor, Bozo and Dogon) intersect. After lunch, take a tour of the city of Mopti, which includes Mopti’s Grande Marche, Petit Marche, bustling harbor and fish markets. You will find variety of items including earthenware pottery, calabashes and tie-dyed cloth worn by the Fulanis. Visit the Grand Mosque and old town with its narrow pedestrian streets and gray banco houses. Dinner and overnight your hotel in Mopti.

Lodging: Hotel in Mopti Meals: B, D

 

 

DAY 5     MOPTI – TIMBUKTU CITY TOUR (Flight)   

Depart early on a morning flight to discover the ancient city of Timbuktu. Explore the city that is best known as the first center of learning for mankind. Experience its impressive history and unique architecture. Check into your hotel and enjoy lunch. After lunch, make stops at the local mosques, explorers’ houses and the market. Visit the Ethnological Museum, which houses a collection of ancient books on religion, science, history and mathematics. End the day’s tour with an excursion into the desert for an evening camel ride led by the local Tuaregs.  Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging:  Hotel in Timbuktu                               Mali Express (Tue/Sat) 8:45 - 9:45am

Meals: B, D

 

DAY 6     TIMBUKTU – BAMAKO – ACCRA (Wednesday/Sunday)

After breakfast, fly from Timbuktu to Bamako. Lunch will be served at a local Malian restaurant. After lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight to Accra. Dinner and overnight at your Accra hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Accra                     Mali Express/Air Iviore (Wed/Sun)   

Meals: B, D

 

DAY 7        CAPE COAST CASTLE – ELMINA CASTLE 

Depart for a drive to the Central Region to explore the infamous forts, castles and slave dungeons of Ghana. On this tour you will experience the physical history of the slave trade, the impact of which is still felt beyond the shores of Africa today.

Visit the Cape Coast Castle, which was built by the Swedes in 1653 and later taken over by the British. The castle also houses the West African Historical Museum, established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994.

After lunch, visit the Elmina Castle built by the Portuguese in 1482 as St. George's Castle.  This castle was the first European structure built in Sub – Saharan Africa. Spend a moment admiring the colorful harbor nestled just below Elmina Castle. Full of pirogues preparing to go to sea, this site offers one of West Africa’s greatest photo opportunities. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Lodging:  Hotel in ElminaMeals: B, D

 

 

DAY 8      KAKUM NATIONAL PARK – POSUBAN

After breakfast, depart to explore the historic Denkyira Kingdom, particularly Kakum National Park. Kakum is one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rain forests, spanning over 360sq km and filled with diverse and dense vegetation. A blend of true rainforest and semi deciduous forest, Kakum is the home to over 40 large mammals, 400 bird species and an array of butterflies, flora and fauna.

The most popular attraction in the forest is the canopy walkway which is made up of seven bridges extending 330m and hanging 40m above the forest floor. You will be given the choice to walk the canopy or enjoy a 2km nature walk through the forest to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer.

Enjoy a pleasurable lunch then spend the remainder of the afternoon at the beach after a visit to the Posuban Military Shrine, where the Asafo companies (Fanti traditional soldiers) prepare spiritually for war. These shrines are wonderful examples of how art is used in the daily lives of Ghanaians.  Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Lodging:  Hotel in ElminaMeals: B, D

 

DAY 9        ACCRA CITY TOUR

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and travel to Accra for a sightseeing tour. You will drive through the administrative and economic districts of Accra, the capital of Ghana. This city is well over 100 years old and has a blend of colonial and modern architecture that summarize her history. You will visit the W. E. B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, the place where Dr. Dubois (an American academic and civil rights champion) spent the last two years of his life working on a Pan-African encyclopedia under the invitation the first Ghanaian president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

Next, you will visit Independence/Black Star Square and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, significant landmarks in the city which are of immense historical and cultural value. Lunch will be on your own in a local Ghanaian restaurant. The Accra tour will end with a visit to the Arts Center, where you will have an opportunity to use your bargaining skills to shop for artifacts from Ghana and West Africa in an open-air market. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging:  Hotel in Accra Meals: B, D

 

DAY 10       ACCRA – COTONOU

Check out of your hotel after breakfast. Prepare for an early morning departure from Accra through Aflao to Cotonou, Benin. Upon arrival in Cotonou, check in and enjoy lunch at your hotel. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in CotonouMeals: B, D

 

DAY 11   GANVIE

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then make a sensational visit to Ganvie (the village on water), commonly referred to as the “Venice of West Africa.” Witness first-hand as the people of Ganvie carry out their daily routines in dugout canoes piled high with wares, transacting commerce with one another and tourists. You will enjoy shopping on the floating market and taking a relaxing canoe ride on the waterways of this exotic 300-year-old village. Return to Cotonou for lunch. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Cotonou
Meals: B, D

DAY 12      OUIDAH – LOME – ACCRA

After breakfast, depart for a visit to Ouidah, the cradle of African traditional religion. Tour the temple dedicated to the sacred python (believed to give vitality and protection) and the sacred forest which houses many shrines dedicated to various deities. Visit the historical Museum of Ouidah. Located in a Portuguese fort built in 1721, this Museum portrays Benin's role in the transatlantic slave trade.

Later, visit the “Port of No Return,” a monument built by the Benin government to commemorate the Africans taken from the Dahomey Empire during the slave trade. Depart Ouidah for Lome through Hila Condji. Lunch will be served at a restaurant in Lome, Togo. After, continue the drive through Aflao and the Volta Region of Ghana back to Accra. Dinner and overnight at your Accra hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in AccraMeals: B, D

 

DAY 13        DAY AT LEISURE / FAREWELL

After breakfast, spend the rest of the day at leisure or preparing for your journey back home. Transfer to the airport for check-in and departure.

Meals: B 
** DISCLAIMER: The cost of package will increase if hotel and transportation costs increase. Quote will be reviewed 3 months before your tour begins and you will be notified accordingly.